Bf 109G-2, MT-222, flown by lentomestari (Warrant Officer) Ilmari Juutilainen, 1/LeLv 34,
Malmi, Finland, May 1943
Eino Ilmari “Illu” Juutilainen, the most successful
fighter plane pilot of Finland, was born at Lieksa
on February 21st, 1914. He received flying training
in 1935-36 and on February 16th, 1937 was posted
to LLv 12. He was transferred on March 3rd, 1939
as kersantti to LLv 24, equipped with Fokker D.XXI.
Here he rose to the rank of lentomestari. On February 2nd, 1943 Juutilainen was transferred to LeLv
34. This unit was equipped with Bf 109G. After the
war he served with HLeLv 33 and on May 16th, 1947
resigned from duty, but enlisted yet on September
8th, 1948 for ten months to PLeLv 41 taking twin-engine courses. In civil life he made his living as
a small plane pilot. Juutilainen died on his birthday
in 1999. During both wars he flew 437 missions and
shot down 94 enemy aircraft.
Juutilainen´s yellow 2 in a standard camouflage of
Luftwaffe fighter got, after its arrival to Finland,
Finnish swastikas on a round white base painted
on six positions of the aircraft, yellow nose band
and rear fuselage band, and a 165 cm wide yellow
underside of the wings tips. Original German signs
were overpainted. The stencils remained German.